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Eleven organisations have joined forces to accelerate the energy transition within the transport and logistics industry.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Carrefour Group, CMA CGM Group, Cluster Maritime Français, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Engie, Faurecia, Michelin, Schneider Electric, Total and Wärtsilä have formed an international coalition which is open to new members.

The companies have formed the coalition economic forum the Rencontres Économiques d’Aix-en-Provence.

The coalition will work towards accelerating the development of energy sources and technologies to address the challenges posed by sustainable mobility in the transport and logistics industry.

The aim is to reduce carbon emissions, fight global warming and protect biodiversity.

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Each member of the coalition will provide its expertise in pursuit of three key goals to achieve genuine technological breakthroughs with tangible results by 2030. The three goals include:

  • Unlock a more extensive portfolio of clean energy sources,
  • Lower energy consumption per kilometer-equivalent of goods transported,
  • Eliminate a substantial proportion of emissions linked to transport and logistics.

The coalition will action nine projects to help shape the energy sources of the future. The projects include:

  • Develop green hydrogen procurement solutions for the transport sector,
  • Develop biofuels for the various modes of transport,
  • Expand the use of biogas and synthetic gases in transport,
  • Replace fossil fuels with green energy across the supply chain,
  • Launch zero-emission vehicle pilot projects by the end of 2021,
  • Create a digital door-to-door route planning system that calculates the option with the lowest environmental impact,
  • Optimize the operational management and loading to step up the energy efficiency of each ton carried,
  • Make multimodal platforms more environmentally friendly for logistics applications,
  • Consolidate methods used to measure the impact of energy transition projects in transport and logistics.

The Coalition’s initial findings will be officially presented in January 2021 at the IUCN World Conservation Congress.

Julien Groues, managing director of AWS in France, said: “At AWS, we are committed to running our business in the most environmentally friendly way possible, and we aim to achieve 100% renewable energy use across Amazon by 2025 on the path to net-zero carbon by 2040. Beyond our own commitment, we are also convinced that the power of AWS is an asset for freight and logistics companies to accelerate research and innovation in renewable energy and make informed decisions based on the analysis of large data sets. We are delighted to put our technological expertise at the service of the coalition.”

Jacques Ripoll, the CEO of Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, declared: “Global action is urgently needed to address the climate challenges our planet is facing. The transport sector and all players involved in its value chain have a key role to play to lead a technological and ecological progress. As a global leader in transport finance, from ships to trains, Crédit Agricole CIB is very proud to support the Transport Coalition and the future generations to achieve a better and cleaner future.”

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, chairman of the board of Engie, commented:
“The economic recovery plans and both public and private investments they will generate will structure our economies for many years to come. It is therefore essential to seize this opportunity to accelerate the decarbonisation of all industries, particularly transportation. The coalition we are launching today is proof that solutions are within reach if we work in a coordinated manner and across the entire value chain. Tomorrow, they will be an asset for our companies and for the economy as a whole.”